It’s “BYOB” at Orillia’s Home Hardware Building Centre

disposable plastic bag, waste, recycling, environmental issues

Our local Home Hardware store on West Street has taken yet one more step toward greater sustainability: as of February 1, 2020, the store will no longer be providing single use plastic bags for customer purchases. If customers ask for a bag for their purchases, they will be given a choice of two sizes of […]

Fred Larsen – Orillia’s 2020 Citizen of the Year

Fred Larsen

Since Fred Larsen’s arrival in Orillia in the early 1970’s, he has given back to his chosen community a hundred-fold. Earlier this month, City Council celebrated Fred’s long history of community service, when they voted to confirm him as Orillia’s 2020 Citizen of the Year. Here at Sustainable Orillia we are very proud and grateful […]

The Environment Wins at Apple Annie’s Cafe

Garbage sorting. Organic food waste from vegetable ready for recycling in compost bin on blue backgrond. Top view. Sustainable and zero waste living. Environmentally responsible behavior, ecology concept.

It’s the everyday practical things that each of us do to protect and preserve our environment that truly make a difference. “Local Heroes” is a series of articles recognizing the efforts that individuals, businesses and organizations are doing, here in the Orillia area. Sustainable practices, that when carried out consistently, over time, make a positive […]

Parry Automotive: “Recycling? Hey, That’s Our Business”

Adding engine oil

This story started with a brief comment made by Steve Van Kessel, co-owner of Orillia’s Parry Automotive company, at a Kiwanis Club lunch meeting last spring. Following a short presentation to the Club about Sustainable Orillia’s beginnings, Van Kessel remarked that his company collected plastic containers that were contaminated by their contents and shipped them […]